You are not a writer because of how many fans you have, how many subscribe to your blog, how many copies of your book you sold, or how many people have read your book (the last two are never the same). You are a writer because you write.

Writing Prompts

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The fans will come long after you have written, months or years or even after you have died. For now, you need to write so you can become proficient. Once you have become proficient you need to write to find your muse. Once you have found your muse (and discovered a way to keep her) you need to write so you can write something worth reading.

But don’t worry about that right now. Take out your pen. Sit before your keyboard. Keep your eyes open and keep your pen on the page and keep those fingers on the keyboard so that your muse can find you ready.

And for all our sake, stay awake! Keep your eyes open! If she finds you asleep, she’ll leave you to the darkness, that place where many a writer has lost their minds, and you will weep and gnash your teeth as you pray for her return.

If she finds you ready, though, and if you can hold onto her long enough to write something under her influence, you will have your fans and your subscribers and maybe you will even sell a few books.

PRACTICE

Spend some time free writing, today.

Which means write about anything that comes across your mental awareness as quickly as you can.

If what you write is terrible, that’s fine. If it’s beautiful, that’s fine. It will probably be both, but your job is not to write well. Your job is just to write and let beauty and terror visit you as they may.

Write for fifteen minutes. Post your practice in the comments when you’re finished.

Good luck!

Joe Bunting
Joe Bunting
Joe Bunting is a writer and entrepreneur. He is the author of the #1 Amazon Bestseller Let's Write a Short Story! and the co-founder of Story Cartel. You can follow him on Twitter (@joebunting).